Mental Health Diversion

Mental Health Diversion

MENTAL HEALTH DIVERSION

The objective of Mental Health Diversion is to direct the defendant into treatment with Johnson County Mental Health (JCMH). Mental Health Diversion is available to defendants suffering from Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) as well as defendants who meet the Adult Psychiatric Rehabilitation Eligible (PRE) criteria as established by JCMH.  

Basic Requirements:

  1. The defendant must be a Johnson County resident.  The defendant must remain a Johnson County resident throughout the term of the diversion.

  2. In order for a defendant to be placed on Mental Health Diversion, he/she must be approved by the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office (DA Office) as well as meet the SMPI or PRE criteria as determined by JCMH. 

  3. The defendant must submit an application for Mental Health Diversion to the DA’s Office. A Release of Information (ROI) must be submitted along with the application. Upon receipt of the application and the ROI, the DA’s office screens the defendant’s application for further review by JCMH.

  4. After being screened by DA’s Office, the DA’s Office will notify the defendant’s attorney whether or not their client’s application will move forward further assessment at JCMH.  JCMH will contact the defendant directly in order to schedule an assessment after being assessed by JCMH.Final eligibility for Mental Health Diversion will be determined by the DA’s Office.  

  5. The DA’s Office may approve or deny any diversion application in their sole discretion for any lawful reason, including but not limited to criminal history (arrests, convictions, prior diversions, police contact, etc.). Applicants with criminal history will be evaluated on a case-by case basis.

THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY MAY APPROVE OR DENY ANY DIVERSION APPLICATION IN THEIR SOLE DISCRETION FOR ANY LAWFUL REASON